Environmental Conflict and Social Change OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Grad-Level Social Science Course by MIT

Published Jan 15, 2009

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The Department of Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers some material from the course 'Environmental Conflict and Social Change' as a free OpenCourseWare available to graduate students interested in the societal implications of science. The course explores the cultural, social, economic, political and historical impact of environmental conflict.

Environmental Conflict and Social Change: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
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Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Environmental Conflict and Social Change: Course Description

In her course, 'Environmental Conflict and Social Change,' MIT professor Christine Walley uses specific examples to explore how environmental conflicts impact society socially, economically, politically and environmentally. She provides an extensive list of readings grouped under such themes as nature in a historical context, living environments and studying the relationship humans have with the environment. These readings provide students with an understanding of the idea of nature in European thought. They explore theoretical paradigms for use in studying environmental issues and look at individual case studies of environmental conflicts taking place from East Africa to Southeast Asia to North America. This course is part of MIT's program in Science, Technology and Society and is a graduate-level course.

The OpenCourseWare includes assignment information, a bibliography and a list of recommended readings. If you are interested in this course material, visit the environment and society course web page.

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